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Karnataka Bengaluru September 2 Highlights: 1,240 Covid-19 cases, 22 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka Bangalore Latest News September 2 Highlights: Shah will be be inaugurating 'Gandhi Bhavan' and will later visit Kondajji Basappa Memorial and offer his tributes in Davangere.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: September 3, 2021 8:12:47 am
Amit Shah, Basavaraj BommaiKarnataka Chief Minister greets Union Home Minister Amit Shah upon arrival at Hubballi.

Karnataka Bangalore News September 2 Highlights: Karnataka on Thursday reported 1,240 Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths.

Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived at Hubballi airport in North Karnataka to attend various events in Davangere and Hubballi on Thursday. Shah will proceed by helicopter to the district headquarters town of Davangere along with Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai, official sources said.

In other news, Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said the government will continue to evaluate Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) and Influenza-like Illness (ILI) cases for Covid-19.

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20:20 (IST)02 Sep 2021
1,240 Covid-19 cases, 22 deaths in Karnataka

Karnataka on Thursday reported 1,240 fresh Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths.

Bengaluru Urban accounted for the maximum number of 319 cases and four fatalities. Dakshina Kannada district bordering Kerala recorded 264 new cases and five deaths.

19:47 (IST)02 Sep 2021
'Mara Mitra' app of Isha Foundation launched to rejuvenate Cauvery river

The Mara Mitra (Friend of Tree) App developed by Cauvery Calling, a movement started by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev of Isha Foundation to revive river Cauvery, was launched in Bengaluru on Thursday.

The App is the latest in a series of activities initiated by Cauvery Calling to intensify farmer outreach efforts on the ground to promote the economically lucrative and ecologically beneficial tree-based agriculture in the Cauvery basin districts of Karnataka, the Isha Foundation said in a statement. The App was simultaneously launched in the nine districts in which Cauvery Calling volunteers are currently working along with the Forest Department officials and 890 Mara Mitras, the statement read. (PTI)

18:55 (IST)02 Sep 2021
4 arrested for attack on environmentalist DV Girish

Chikkamagaluru district police on Thursday said they have arrested four persons for allegedly attacking renowned environmentalist DV Girish. The environmentalist and his colleagues were assaulted by allegedly drunken youths at Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary on Monday. 

Officer Hakay Akshay Machindra said the search for the remaining accused is on and investigation in progress. 

18:39 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Sub-inspector accused of making Dalit youth drink inmate’s urine arrested in Bengaluru

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Wednesday night arrested police sub-inspector (PSI) Arjun who had forced a Dalit youth to drink an inmate’s urine at the Gonibeedu police station in Mudigere taluk in May this year.

Police sources told The Indian Express that Arjun was arrested in Bengaluru on Wednesday night and on Thursday morning, he was produced before a court which remanded him in judicial custody as requested by the CID officials for further inquiry. 

The incident reportedly happened on May 10 inside the police station and a complaint was lodged on May 22 by the victim Punith K L, a resident of Kirangunda. Punith alleged that the police officer made him lick the urine from the floor. Following Punith’s complaint, Chikmagalur SP Akshay Hakay Machhindra suspended Arjun and handed over the case to the CID. Read more.

18:14 (IST)02 Sep 2021
In pics | Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot visits Karnataka University, Agricultural University

Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot Thursday visited Karnataka University and the University of Agricultural Sciences. He was welcomed by Vice-Chancellors Dr MB Chetty and K Gudasi at the state-run varsities.

Gehlot at University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad. (Express Photo)
Gehlot at Karnataka University. (Express Photo)
18:00 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Open-roof tourist bus service to resume from September 4 in Mysuru

The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) is all set to resume its Ambaari open-roof bus service in Mysuru from September 4 after it was stopped due to the Covid-19-induced lockdown in April. The bus service was launched in March this year.

KSTDC chairman Ka Pu Siddalingaswamy said, “The department decided to resume the Ambaari service after the state government lifted the weekend curfew in Mysuru as Covid cases had started to decline.”

The ‘Hop-on-hop-off’ buses will take tourists to the heritage sites of Mysuru. The ride will start from the KSTDC office at Hotel Mayura Hoysala on the JLB Road, cover Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Kukkarahalli Lake, Crawford Hall, Ramaswamy Circle, Sanskrit Patashaala, K R Circle, Dodda Gadiyara (Silver Jubilee Clock Tower), Palace South Gate, Hardinge Circle, Mysuru Zoo, Karanji Lake, Government Guest House, St Philomena’s Church, Bannimantap, Government Ayurveda College Circle, Railway Station Circle and end at Hotel Mayura Hoysala. Read more.

17:01 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Will discuss rising fuel prices with FM, says CM Basavaraj Bommai

Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai on Thursday said he would discuss the issue of rising retail fuel prices with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who will visiting Karnataka on September 5.

"It depends on international prices," he said when asked about the rising prices of petrol and diesel and LPG cylinder, among other various factors such as refining, financial health of companies in the sector and payments in lieu of oil bonds, PTI reported.

15:51 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Passengers from Brazil, South Africa can leave Karnataka airports only if they test negative for Covid-19

The Karnataka government has made RT-PCR test mandatory for passengers from select countries arriving at airports in the state even if they possess a negative Covid-19 report. "The passengers arriving from the UK, Europe, (the) Middle East, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe on arrival at the Kempegowda International Airport and other entry airports in Karnataka shall provide the sample and leave the airport for further compliance as per the Standard Operating Procedure," an order said on Wednesday.

However, those coming from Brazil and South Africa will have to wait at the airport for test results and be allowed to leave only after testing negative. (PTI)

15:29 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Panel recommends safety measures in government schools on lines of steps taken by private institutions

The Karnataka government has been recommended by a panel constituted by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education that government schools across the state should be brought on par with private unaided schools in terms of implementing safety and security measures.

The committee chaired by Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) SV Sankanur found such standards were yet to be streamlined at government schools while the same was found to be met by private managements.

Further, the report, which was submitted to Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh in Bengaluru, stressed the need for the government to allocate funds in the upcoming Budget to upgrade safety and security measures in government schools. Read more.

15:13 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Citizen activists ask Bengaluru civic body to reconsider decision of cutting trees at Koramangala

Citizen activists of Bengaluru, along with the NGO Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF), have submitted a memorandum to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta and BBMP deputy conservator of forest (DCF) Govinda Raju asking them to reconsider their decision of cutting trees to construct an elevated corridor from Ejipura Main Road Inner Ring Road), Sony World Junction to Kendriya Sadan in Koramangala.

The letter has expressed dissent to a BBMP forest division memorandum that has increased the number of trees to be felled as opposed to the initial statement given in 2018.

The letter also mentioned how, even despite several public requests and RTIs filed to stop the felling of trees for this project, the BBMP forest department has planned to double the number of trees needed to be cut without bringing this to the notice of the public. Read more.

15:04 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Amit Shah reaches Hubballi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived at Hubballi airport in North Karnataka to attend various events in Davangere and Hubballi on Thursday.

In Davangere, he will inaugurate 'Gandhi Bhavan' and visit Kondajji Basappa Memorial and offer his tributes along with Chief Minister Bsavaraj Bommai.

He would also inaugurate a police public school at Kondajji in Davangere district's Harihar taluk, and the central library of GM Institute of Technology (GMIT) in Davangere.

Later he would visit Hubballi, where he would attend the wedding reception of Union Minister for Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs, Pralhad Joshi's eldest daughter Arpita with KS Hrushikesh.

14:47 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Karnataka CET 2021 provisional answer keys released, result to release by September 20

The Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) today released the provisional answer key for the Common Entrance Test (CET) on the official website — kea.kar.nic.in. KCET 2021 was held on August 28, 29 and 30. According to the reports, higher education minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan has announced that the KCET result will be published by September 20, and the counselling shall commence by the first week of October 2021.

Candidates can submit objections against the provisional answer key of KCET 2021 by September 4. To raise the objections, candidates need to submit the objection form along with the relevant supporting documents in PDF format.

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14:39 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Kodagu Mysuru BJP MP demands renaming of Rajiv Gandhi National Park after field Marshal KM Cariappa

Kodagu-Mysuru MP Pratap Simha on Thursday wrote to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai demanding the name of Rajiv Gandhi Nagarhole National Park to be renamed after Field Marshal Cariappa who was the first Indian Commander-in-Chief, who was also from Kodagu. 

Simha, said it is the demand of the people of Kodagu that Rajiv Gandhi Nagarhole National Park be renamed after field Marshal KM Cariappa. In a tweet he said, “Requesting the Hon. @CMofKarnataka Bommai Sir, to rename Rajiv Gandhi Nagarahole National Park & Tiger Reserve as FM K.M.Cariappa Nagarahole National Park & Tiger Reserve lies in the jurisdiction of Mysuru & Kodagu District.”

The demand comes after after the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led Assam Cabinet decided to rename Rajiv Gandhi National Park as Orang National Park. Reacting to the Assam government's decision, former Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah termed it a "foolish" decision to rename the Rajiv Gandhi National Park as Orang National Park in Assam.

The popular tourist destination in Karnataka Rajiv Gandhi National Park was originally called Nagarahole forest in Kodagu.

14:32 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Fuel prices in Bengaluru today

Petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged across the country on Thursday, September 2, 2021, a day after they were cut for the first time in over a week. On Wednesday, petrol and diesel prices were cut by 15 paise per litre each in the national capital.

In Bengaluru, petrol costs Rs. 104.84 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 94.19 per litre.

13:50 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Youth trys to rob cab driver in busy Bengaluru Street, escapes after public thrashes him

Tension prevailed after a youth tried to rob a cab driver at knife point in Bengaluru but was thrashed by public and managed to escape on Wednesday. The incident took place at Richmond town, one of the busiest roads of Bengaluru around 2 pm, when a youth in his twenties tried to rob cab driver Pratap Patil at knife point. According to the police sources, Patil is new to Bengaluru.

The police said a customer had alighted from Patil's cab and he was checking whether there were new bookings. Suddenly, a guy opened the door and threatened Patil with his knife and demanded him to handover his mobile phone and money. 

Patil told the police, "I patiently pulled pulled out wallet and grabbed the robber, which he was not expecting from my end. He fell down in front of the door and when I started shouting for help, some of them (public) caught him and assaulted him. They all tried to take the knife out his hand, they could not."

Despite having been thrashed by the public, the youth held onto the knife and later ran away from the spot, Patil told police. Ashok Nagar police have registered a case of attempted robbery and under Sections of Arms Act. 

The accused in this case is yet to be arrested. A video went viral where the youth can be seen being thrashed by public but manages to escape, he added.

13:10 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Five booked for assault on youth in Dakshina Kannada district

Five people have been booked for allegedly assaulting a 19-year old youth from Raichur who had come to Puttur in Dakshina Kannada district to meet a friend belonging to a different faith.

Police sources said the youth had on Wednesday come to meet a girl hailing from Puttur, who he had befriended on social networking platform. The two were in touch through phone calls and messages for the last six months.

The girl invited him to Puttur a week ago and the youth came along with a friend by bus to the city. The two went to meet the girl at Puttur KSRTC bus stand Wednesday afternoon and met the girl and her friend who came there. The youths were chatting with the girls sitting on the chairs at the bus stand, when the five accused went near them and started questioning the boy for speaking to the girl from a different faith and threatened him.

The accused also assaulted the youth from Raichur, who filed a complaint with the police. The attackers were aged between 25 and 28, he said in the complaint. Puttur town police have registered a case and booked the accused under IPC sections for unlawful assembly, wrongful restraint, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt. Further investigation is on, the sources said. (PTI)

12:39 (IST)02 Sep 2021
HAL’s basic trainer aircraft ready for certification clearance, says official

After demonstrating ten spins on August 4, and completing night sorties over the last couple of days, the HTT-40 (Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40) trainer aircraft, that has been built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, is ready for certification clearances.

Senior officials at HAL said night sorties of the aircraft were carried out on August 31 and September 1. “We are done with spin and entire certification testing. Now, we will be going ahead with the process of certification clearances,” the official added.

Intended to replace the HPT-32 (Hindustan Piston Trainer), the HTT-40 is a basic training aircraft developed for the first stage of the training of rookie pilots in the Indian Air Force. In stage two, they graduate to flying the Kiran Mark II trainer jet while the third stage involves training on the Hawk advanced trainer aircraft.

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12:05 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Bengaluru: Namma Metro engages World Resources Institute as technical advisors in two projects

The Namma Metro has now engaged World Resources Institute (WRI India) as its technical advisors for the Phase 2A and Phase 2B projects for Multimodal Integration (MMI) and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) along the two Metro corridors.

According to BMRCL, WRI India is a global research organisation focusing on building sustainable, liveable cities and working towards a low-carbon economy.

“The initiative seeks to bridge Bengaluru’s disconnect between mass transit infrastructure and unprecedented growth. TOD will help redirect growth along its rail transit corridor enabling walkable and connected neighbourhoods. MMI compliments this effort by providing a seamless and accessible urban transportation system that includes private as well as public modes of transit. Together, TOD and MMI aim to enhance accessibility and livability, making the city resource-efficient and reducing carbon footprints in the process,” BMRCL said in a statement.

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11:58 (IST)02 Sep 2021
Karnataka Minister asks officials to provide world-class facilities at industrial areas

The new Karnataka Large & Medium Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani Wednesday inspected various industrial areas in the state and directed officials to focus on providing world-class infrastructure facilities in all areas.

The instructions were issued after the minister carried out an inspection at the industrial areas in Ramanagara’s Harohalli and Bidadi and Jigani in Anekal near the state’s capital city Bengaluru.

After inspection, he said, “Although basic infrastructure has been delivered, I have instructed the officials to provide world-class roads, uninterrupted power and water supply and sewage connections in the industrial areas.”

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10:41 (IST)02 Sep 2021
State reports 1159 fresh cases, 21 deaths

Karnataka reported 1,159 fresh Covid-19 cases and 21 deaths on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 29,50,604 and the toll to 37,339. The day also saw 1,112 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 28,94,827. Bengaluru Urban accounted for the most number of cases (359), as the city saw 232 discharges and seven deaths. The total number of active cases in the state stood at 18,412.

While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.66 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 1.81 per cent. Out of 21 deaths reported on Wednesday seven were from Bengaluru Urban, while Dakshina Kannada logged five, Udupi three and Hassan two, followed by others.

Among the new cases in districts, Dakshina Kannada came behind Bengaluru Urban with 191 infections, Kodagu was next with 95, Mysuru and Udupi logged 91 each, followed by others.

Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,38,196, followed by Mysuru 1,76,170 and Tumakuru 1,19,284. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban was on top of the list with 12,14,637 recoveries followed by Mysuru 1,72,795 and Tumakuru 1,17,532.

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The Chamarajanagar district administration in Karnataka has withdrawn a controversial Covid-19 vaccination initiative — “no vaccination, no ration”; “no vaccination, no pension” — that was to start Wednesday after criticism from the Congress. On Tuesday, the deputy commissioner of Chamarajanagar district, M R Ravi, had announced the launch of the initiative in a bid to fight vaccine hesitancy.

READ | Karnataka: Chamarajanagar scraps ‘no vaccination, no ration, no pension’ initiative after backlash

As pressure mounts on the Karnataka government to not impose restrictions on public celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi this year, enforcement agencies like the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) and the police are yet to issue guidelines for the festivities this year. Various Right-wing organisations have requested the officials to not restrict Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations this year.

READ | Karnataka: No official confirmation from government, pollution board and police fail to draw guidelines for Ganesh Chaturthi

Here are a few contacts that might come in handy for you in emergency situations:

COVID-19 related queries / emergencies / clarifications: 104 (toll free); +91-80-4684-8600/6669-2000 | Home Quarantine-related queries: Telegram messenger/WhatsApp - +91 97777 77684, Voice call - 080 45451111 | BBMP control room: 080-22221188 | In case of power disruptions, contact BESCOM: 1912. If the water supply is hit in your area, contact BWSSB: 1916

Karnataka Bengaluru News September 1 Highlights

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